A Sky Sox employee was critically injured Saturday afternoon, after a firework blew up in his face. 47-year-old Rai Henninger was working near the fireworks bunker when a mortar shell exploded. Henninger sustained critical injuries to his face and head. He was transported to a local hospital and rescue crews believe he will survive.
A licensed pyrotechnician, Henniger was in charge of overseeing fireworks during, and after Sky Sox games. Sky Sox owner and general manager, Tony Ensos, says Henninger has been a Sky Sox employee for 17 years. Esnos says Saturday's accident has hit everyone in the organization very hard.
"Rai is loved by everyone," said Ensos. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family... this is a tough time for all of us."
Following the accident, fire crews made sure the area where the fireworks are kept was secure, to prevent additional accidents. Saturday's explosion is under investigation.